News bulletin 11 April 2012

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No. 98 –  11 April 2012

From NZ media this week

Hardline stance to healthy check-ups
In Britain, doctors could soon be paid to ask their patients about their drinking habits and nip related problems in the bud.The British Government hoped the financial incentive would help rein in "spiralling costs" related to alcohol consumption. Could it work in New Zealand?

Hospitals will get a shot in the arm
District health boards are snapping up a British National Health Service initiative to improve productivity in hospital wards and operating theatres. 

Youth mental health system 'has weaknesses' - PM
The Government is to invest $62 million in new initiatives and also into existing programmes to address youth mental health issues, including New Zealand's high youth suicide rate, Prime Minister John Key has announced. 

Speech: Youth Mental Health Package - John Key
Speech to Auckland University Youth Health & Wellbeing Symposium, Te Papa, Wellington
Good morning, it's great to be here.
I'd like to acknowledge my Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, and the many other youth health experts here today.It's a privilege for me to be here with so many people who are committed to the health and wellbeing of our young people. 

‘E-therapies' part of $62m health package
"E-therapies" and more youth workers and nurses in schools will be rolled out as part of a $62 million package announced by Prime Minister John Key.

Initiative to boost child mental health services
Nurses to work in low decile schools as part of efforts to improve youth mental health services. 

ADHB director of nursing steps down after decade on the job
Outgoing nursing leader Taima Campbell says the resignation of chief executive Garry Smith helped tilt her towards her own resignation from the Auckland District Health Board after nearly 10 years in the job 

International media 

The New Face of Health Care: Why Nurses Are in Such High Demand
As new models for dealing with the rising costs of health care emerge, new types of leaders are taking over, with skilled nurses rising to the top.

Public health 

Whooping cough is rampant in capital
A national outbreak of whooping cough has intensified in the Wellington region with cases of the highly infectious disease eight times worse than last year and likely to continue for months. 

Legionnaires' cases rise to 11
The number of people affected in a major outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Auckland, which has claimed one life, has risen to 11. 

Legionnaires' outbreak hits city
A major outbreak of the potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease in Auckland has prompted urgent calls for building owners to overhaul air conditioning plants 

More seek free flu vaccine this season
Influenza experts predict a high uptake of state-funded flu vaccination this year, following a big increase in demand for… 

Articles of interest

Managing Your Online Professional Identity
by Teresa D. Jones and Deborah E. Swain
Your professional web identity says a lot about you. But do you know what it is? How often do you Google your name to understand what your professional identity is? Since 2005, when 75% of search firms regularly used Google to investigate job candidates, that habit by potential employers has increased now to 90% [1]. So your name on the web is important. But is your information clear and accurate? What can you do to enhance searching and better control your identity? According to James Alexander, founder of, about 2000 people on LinkedIn share names with persons on the FBI’s most wanted list [1]. What can you do if this confusion is true for you? There are steps you can take to ensure that the real you stands out on the web 

Coaching the big game
Mentors help nurses get into the swing of things
Alisa Glaister, RN, credits her opportunity to ascend from new grad to nurse manager to a few key colleagues, including a director from a different unit who advised her as she led a project to treat angioplasty patients on the telemetry floor. “He helped me get my foot in the door for this project, which I believe has led to my current management position,” said Glaister, a nurse manager at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. 

Defining “Patient-Centered Medicine”
N Engl J Med 2012; 366:782-783
March 1, 2012
A patient consults an orthopedist because of knee pain. The surgeon determines that no operation is indicated and refers her to a rheumatologist, who finds no systemic inflammatory disease and refers her to a physiatrist, who sends her to a physical therapist, who administers the actual treatment. Each clinician has executed his or her craft with impeccable authority and skill, but the patient has become a shuttlecock. Probably a hassled, frustrated, and maybe bankrupt shuttlecock 

New publications and reports online 

Building collaborations to eliminate family violence: facilitators, barriers and good practice
Issues Paper 1: Murphy, C., & Fanslow, J. (2012). Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, The University of Auckland. Funded by the Families Commission.
The paper provides a broad perspective on best-practice principles and explores the current state of collaborative work on family violence in New Zealand. It is informed by a literature review and discussions with key informants. 

Te ohonga ake 1: the health of māori children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities in New Zealand
Craig E, McDonald G, Adams J, Reddington A, Oben G, Simpson J, & Wicken A. (2012, 19 March). Dunedin. New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service
Reviews the secondary health service utilisation patterns of Māori children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities, using hospital admission data; review the distribution of, and risk factors for, overweight and obesity in Māori children using available national survey data, and explore the prevalence of congenital anomalies evident at birth in Māori babies, and consider in more detail, those anomalies which are likely to lead to long term disability. ‘The New Zealand Children's Social Health Monitor' then considers how Māori chilren are faring during the current economic downturn. 

The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as at  Wednesday 11 April 2012 If you have any feedback about content - what parts are most useful or what you would like added - please email 

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